You may associate orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces, on adolescent patients, to straighten the teeth for appearance purposes. However, orthodontic treatment is so much more.
While traditional metal braces are still used to treat a wide variety of orthodontic problems, many other appliances and treatments are also available. Appliances vary from expanders and headgears to Invisalign and clear braces. Treatment types range from early, or phase I treatment, to multi-disciplinary, comprehensive care coordinated with other dental specialists.
Although most orthodontic problems are best treated once most of the permanent teeth have grown in, some orthodontic problems develop at an early age and should be addressed sooner to prevent more serious problems. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children be evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7.
Though aesthetics and beautiful smiles are usually the primary objective of orthodontic treatment, other benefits include easier oral hygiene care, reduced wear and tear on the teeth, improved long-term jaw health and reduced risk of dental trauma.
Age is not a barrier to orthodontic treatment. Adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment as much as adolescent patients. Aesthetic treatment options (e.g. Invisalign, “clear braces”) are available, as well as treatment options including shorter treatment times.
What Conditions Can Be Treated?
Orthodontic care is appropriate for a wide variety of conditions:
- Crooked Teeth
- Gaps (diastemas)
- Impacted teeth
- Open bite
- Malocclusion (misaligned teeth)
No matter your age or your concern, don’t wait to schedule your complimentary consultation with our orthodontic team. We will we discuss your concerns, and based on a clinical evaluation, review the best treatment options for you. No referral is necessary to schedule a consultation, and no fee will be charged this complimentary service.